With the Super Bowl in the history books, it's time to reacquaint ourselves with baseball specifically the nuances and quirks of the Atlanta Braves' 162-game schedule.
Here are 20 notable twists fromthe 2013 slate:
1. Citing last year's standings as a reference, the Braves' easiest months for 2013 theoretically shouldcome in September and April, when they play 14 and 15 games against clubs with sub-.500 records. Conversely, Atlanta's most difficult month would be May,with 13 meetings against teams with winning marks in 2012.
2. The Braveslaunch the season with a three-game set against the Phillies at Turner Field (April 1-4), with an off day on April 2 in case of inclement weather.
3. From April 8-28, the Braves will play 16 of 18 games on the road with a quick, two-game home set against the Royals sandwiched between trips to Miami, Washington, Pittsburgh, Colorado and Detroit.
4. Assuming Stephen Strasburg (15-6, 3.16 ERA, 197 strikeouts 48 walks) and Gio Gonzalez (21-8,...